CortiSlim Burn Review

I’ve been putting this review off as long as possible, simply because I wanted to determine the best possible results and thought it may take some time. With the marketing I have seen by the brand, I truly  figured that I would have something interesting to report in regards to the new CortiSlim line.

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I have a small “pouch” of abdominal fat that I know I could deal with on my own BUT I have two toddlers in tow, one hell of a hectic schedule, no gym budget at the moment, I function on too little sleep to dig into that to wake up earlier than my husband for running (I’ve tried) and I could use a bit of help. I have two dogs and two babies under foot while attempting to work out at home so I definitely have to try to maximize the benefits of any work out time that I get. An additional push until such time as my schedule calms slightly would be a welcome help so, when given the opportunity to review these types of products at no charge, I jump on them whenever I can. My review for CortiSlim Burn came as a result of such an offer and I didn’t have to pay for my products.

I love the idea of a supplement that comes as part of a healthy lifestyle choice and not a miracle pill, which the makers are very clear in the fact that CortiSlim is to be used in conjunction with your own healthy choices. I had no issue with that, as we eat a well-balanced, healthy, low-fat, lean protein diet so I just added the pills and made certain to refrain from “cheating” with salty or sweet snacks. I actually found myself more encouraged by the fact that they were selling realistic expectations, as well as essentially forcing personal goals as part of their package.

You’re supposed to take two of the green pills once a day to start, eventually working your way up to 6 pills per day, and then two of the red pills prior to your daily exercise routine. Each bottle contains green tea, caffeine and chromium and these things are all known for assisting with weight loss, although I’m not sure of the levels of each within the formula because they’re not all stated. I can’t exactly gauge how effective they may be, how they compare to regular diet choices or how this brand might stack up against similar products on the market. Green tea and caffeine will help boost metabolism and chromium can assist with appetite suppression, although that’s never been an issue for me, so they all seem to make sense as part of an overall weight management solution. That being said, I also ingest them on a regular basis without this supplement so I’m not certain it had any effect on me. Apparently, research shows that study groups taking CortiSlim burn 35% more fat than those who do not. I didn’t notice a massive energy spike although, when I upped my dosage to the maximum recommended intake, I ended up feeling shaky and exhausted after a few hours. I think I must have had crash-like effects, or I am too sensitive to the caffeine so I reduced it down to my starting dose. I also found that I had difficulty sleeping on the nights when I took the supplement later on in the day; I suppose this is due to the inclusion of time release caffeine. It’s possible others may have better results than I have achieved if they can take the maximum recommended dosage but that was not possible for me.

I was a bit surprised to note that there aren’t really any ingredients that help with cortisol levels or stress management so I’m not sure why the product name directly pertains to something that isn’t targeted. I am not exactly a fan of the branding as a result.

All of this being said, I’m glad I didn’t invest a lot into this product because I haven’t lost more than a pound in the last few weeks. I fluctuate by that much all the time though. I haven’t lost any inches either and my tummy looks just about the same. I can say that, perhaps, I look a little less bloated but not noticeably enough that before and after pictures would demonstrate any results of value. Should you wish to check out the CoriSlim product line here, as I do believe it will probably help you if one of your main issues is appetite suppression, then you can find the website here.

Gah, these just weren’t for me though.

I Met My Matcha

I was very excited to receive some complimentary Steeped Tea from my friend Erin,  which came in a gorgeous, blue package that I quickly tore open. I have a love for matcha tea due to its health benefits but am always on the hunt for a more tasty option. The Steeped Tea company offers a wide variety of flavours, as well as an interesting #meetyourmatcha challenge and corresponding bundle. How awesome is this kit?!
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I was most definitely up for the #meetyourmatcha challenge, due to my fairly recent discovery of this fantastic dietary option. The health benefits of matcha tea area numerous, some of which include the massive antioxidant punch (137 times more than standard green tea), disease prevention, lowering cholesterol, natural detoxification, age-fighting, it boosts metabolism and there are a slew of excellent vitamins, amino acids and minerals in the tea as well. When standard tea is made, we only get the nutrients that come out in the steeping process but, in order to reap the full benefits of green tea, we would actually have to consume the entire leaf. That would be pretty gross, chomping on a soggy tea leaf, but matcha tea powder provides us with that option, sans the cow-like chewing. I’m a big fan of the cancer-fighting catechins (a class of antioxidant) and matcha tea, according to Brunswick Labs, actually has the highest concentration of antioxidants than any other “superfood” out there today. Even if I didn’t enjoy the tea, I would still drink it after that!
When I opened this particular box, I found a cute measuring spoon and four different blends of matcha green tea powder inside; melon ball, sweet strawberry, original and pineapple.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful bundle, as it’s full of some interesting flavour combinations and ideas for your own matcha recipes on this great reference card;

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As I have to whisk the tea, I decided to make it in a bowl and you typically add 1/2 of a teaspoon to a full teaspoon of the powder, depending on your taste. After a year of experience with this powdered beverage, I typically prefer the thinner option because it is not chalky on the palate.
This is the bamboo whisk that I use to whip up all of my concoctions, along with the stand it sits upon. Cute, isn’t it?!
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See how beautifully green it is? Compared to other teas like this, it is far more vibrant than the ones I have come across previously- this means that they used quality leaves and it hasn’t been blended with too many stalks or garbage-y bits.
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Now, when you start out on your own matcha tea experience it is absolutely imperative that you first mix the powder with only a bit of water. You make a paste, then add the rest of your water, or you’re going to end up with a very clumpy and unpleasant tea. Most people don’t know this so matcha gets a bad name.

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You whisk everything in a zig-zag motion and are doing well if you get quite a few bubbles. I took the below picture after the froth had dissipated a bit but it only takes about 15 seconds or so to get an ideal amount of foam to it. If you do things properly, you’ll end up with a few more bubbles than this.
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If you are not a fan of green tea, the original kind probably is not the beverage for you. It’s exceptionally earthy and tastes of vegetation. It is not astringent and reminds me a bit of alfalfa sprouts, kale or similar tastes. The sweet pea-like finish makes one go back for more and I find this beverage to be incredibly soothing but my husband, on the other hand, hates the stuff.
Morning matcha in my moccasins;
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For the past couple of weeks now, Steeped Tea has been my go-to option as part of my morning routine and I’ve found myself partial to the melonball option, personally. It tastes like a watery honeydew, or at least I think so, and doesn’t leave you with a cloyingly sweet or fake taste in your mouth. It does more for me than espresso and I find that an evening cup helps to prevent me from crashing right after dinner. It saves from exhaustion and saved my poor family members from an exhausted me, which can be rather unpleasant if I’ve got a list of chores to knock off and am fighting the Sand Man. An average serving of matcha tea, according to Matcha Source, contains around 35mg of caffeine but studies have shown that the natural combination of everything else that the beverage offers actually causes the energy jolt, with none of the typical caffeine jitters that one might experience from coffee. This also means that, much to my enjoyment, I don’t have the post-coffee crash either.
The pricing per serving comes out to less than buying coffee or tea for the day and far more healthy for you, as an added perk.
I’m a big fan of the versatility and, to name a couple of things you can do with this as an ingredient, it can be added to puddings, rice dishes, icing, muffins, curries, salad dressing, as part of cake (although I’m not partial to that and I matchafailed on that one), any sort of smoothie recipe you would like, as a crust on meat, to soups and mixed in with cream cheese. Here were a few more of my #meetyourmatcha endeavors;
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If you’re not a huge fan of the taste, one of the best ways to sneak matcha tea into your diet would be to include it in eggs because the taste is masked quite well. I’m  not a fan of green eggs as a visual so I didn’t include anything in liquid form. For my quiche, pictured above, I tossed some in with the cheese prior to blending everything into my egg mixture. I found it paired really well as part of a spinach dish, sharing similar tastes, so we actually didn’t notice it a great deal as part of this dinner and the cheese absorbed all of the matcha goodness.
I was actually absolutely thrilled with this lunch;
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I mixed a serving of matcha into my avocado for atop of my goat cheese and found that this sandwich, on rye, quickly became a hit. I’ve actually eaten one of these tasty, little morsels for lunch every day this week! #newfave
The website has a wide variety of recipes for cooking and other uses, such as matcha smoothies like this one, although I am partial to all of them in liquid form. I also like making mine with more than just berries and have found that peaches pair incredibly well with this flavoured stuff, especially if you’re using any of the melon matchas as part of your drink. My husband, however, likes his blended with vanilla icecream but, thankfully for him,drinking this tea can also more than double the body’s own rate of thermogenesis (fat-burning) so he can afford this pleasant beverage. The pineapple one is my husband’s pick, appealing to his sweet tooth, and this is actually the only type of matcha he will drink. As such, I’m a customer for life! I found the strawberry one to be most pleasing where scent was concerned but, with icecream, anything goes!
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And, on the subject of green tea sexy, why don’t we go typical mojito but just crush a bit of the matcha powder along with the lime and mint? Hands down (and bottoms up), it’s got my vote!
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I’ve seen the #meetyourmatcha challenge done so many ways, with suggestions made about face masks or using matcha in massage oil. Although that’s all well and good for some, I definitely prefer to gain all of the benefits of ingesting this tea and, as a matter of taste, I really do enjoy keeping it simple and drinking it as part of a daily ritual. If you want to go slightly more fancy than a standard cup of tea, you could always sweeten it with some honey, froth some milk and make it a latte. The tea-world is your oyster!
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Here is Erin’s contact info, or visit her Facebook page by clicking here, as I know you’re now ready to #meetyourmatcha!
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My Sexy Hubby, Smile Brilliant and a Giveaway!

My husband is a sexy individual. I know, I know- any lady is going to say that about her hubby but mine’s definitely a catch. I’m told this all the time. Between you and I internet, I’m not sure if women say this to compliment me because he’s pretty or to insult me, suggesting I’m not. Either way, if he were a president he’d be Baberaham Lincoln and I’m pleased to have slapped my brand on this sweetass breeding stud.

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Whether or not he’s fighting fires, being about 6 years younger, out sick on the couch (sleeping with our kitty), playing games with our son or blowing out recent birthday candles…he’s nice looking…even in a Leafs jersey -_-

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I say these things about him, cat call the guy all the time and show him off (like above) whenever I can but he still deals with little things that make him feel self-conscious. Like any attractive person, he complains about things that he sees as “flaws” that aren’t typically noticed, cited or discussed by anyone but him. As a gal who thinks he’s gorgeous, I find his insecurity utterly ridiculous but I support my husband in all of his self-improvement goals and wishes. One of those was to have whiter teeth, like he used to when we first got together and before he started hauling long hours and surviving on coffee in order to support our family of 6. We aren’t smokers and he takes fairly good care of his teeth but he refuses to oil pull with me and he will skip a brush if he falls asleep early at night on the couch. The poor guy works like a dog and can’t be faulted for the neglect. As a result though, his pearly whites were less than pearly and not exactly white. Although he’s not a vain person, he has complained about his “dull” teeth after viewing family photo and has felt bad about this one thing for a long while.

Luckily, I had the opportunity to partner up with Smile Brilliant for this review, who have also sponsored a fantastic GIVEAWAY for my readers today and I will let you know about that in just a second. Teeth whitening has taken off in the last few years, with white strips becoming popular, toothpastes focusing on stain removal and dentists offering the service almost anywhere. The at-home teeth whitening kit, however, is often neglected, feared or too expensive to use. The Smile Brilliant system is actually fairly simple and is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the option offered by dentists, even though it’s the same as the professional teeth whitening process. Here is what my hubby’s complimentary Smile Brilliant review kit looks like;

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The Smile Brilliant kit included trays in which to make a cast of his mouth, the peroxide and desensitizing gels, the full instructions and a return envelope for once we had taken an imprint of his teeth.

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It’s a fairly easy process, in which you mix the above two pastes together, slap the gunk into the mouth guard and bite down on that for a minute.

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Then you take the mouth guard out and let the cast set. After the impressions harden, you pop the trays into the envelope, send it back to Smile Brilliant and wait for your custom whitening tray to arrive. Return shipping is fairly quick and the postage is included for all US residents. International users are welcome- we just have to pay to send our trays in and our expense was minimal, around $7. The Smile Brilliant staff is fantastic where this whole process is concerned, giving very detailed instructions and providing excellent support if it’s required. We found the customer service to be great and their response/turnaround time to be incredibly quick too.

I was really impressed with the tray aspect of the Smile Brilliant kit, as Bear’s got one slightly crooked tooth in the front that sticks out just the slightest bit more than his other ones- whenever he uses whitening strips, he doesn’t get even coverage because of this and ends up with discolouration in only one spot. The custom fitted trays hug each individual tooth and ensure even distribution of the peroxide gel. You apply a “string” of the gel along the tray (which helps to get the cracks in between your teeth) and are supposed to wear the trays every day for a week, for one to three hours. Bear was not able to do that, due to his level of tooth sensitivity, and needed to take a day or two break in between sessions, even though he used the desensitizing gel. He said it’s a lot to get used to and he had some gum irritation when first using the kit, which he hated, but he said it was well-worth it in the end.

Bear only had to whiten a few times before reaching his desired results and, I’m not sure if you can tell from the pictures below, there is a HUGE difference in his smile!

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Before whitening, after two sessions and his end results.

His smile became significantly whiter, the spaces between his teeth are no longer stained and I’ve started staring at them again when he talks, as I used to have a real thing for his mouth that I hadn’t realized we lost. We were incredibly impressed with the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system and I think, in the above photo, you can tell that the last picture is a genuine, happy smile due to the results my hubby achieved with the kit. More than just the change in his teeth, Smile Brilliant helped to change his confidence and he’s been flashing a devilish grin far more often. He feels good, knowing that he looks good, and that’s why I’m so pleased to be able to pass on one of these kits to one lucky reader! If you are too excited about the idea of a whiter smile and don’t want to wait, trying Smile Brilliant is risk free because they offer a 100% money back guarantee. You can find the details about that on their site, which you can check out here.

In order to enter the draw for your own teeth whitening kit, worth $139.95, please visit the contest page by clicking HERE and enter today. Good luck!

Skin Care Products Every Woman Should Own- Vitamin C

I’m always afraid to walk into the liquor store because, although I love wine, I really hate being asked for ID. I hate being asked for it even more when, often times, I’m not carrying a piece of it on me and have dashed from our vehicle with only cash in hand. Although I am nearly 30 years old, I am constantly told that I’m far too young to have children or asked for my skin secrets because I don’t have any blemishes. I’m not tooting my own horn here but simply stating what qualifies me to make a post regarding a few facial secrets. I’m often complimented on my skin and, although I never thought much of it before, I’m now desperately trying to cling to my youth like a starving man wrestling for a turkey leg.

I am routinely sent free products to review, such as the Oz Naturals Facial Toner or the Tangerine Lilly Vitamin C Serum, and don’t always put a ton of stock into what’s passing through the vanity at any given time. I can’t stop to enjoy any one thing for a long period of time before the next, similar product arrives at the door. However, with how often vitamin c is discussed in the media, on other blogs or on television, I have used many creams and serums of this nature. These are two that I’ve stuck with, each having their own unique properties and value, as well as being affordable, easy to use and effective. I want their collagen stimulation and I enjoy the healthy “glow” that I’ve noticed since bringing them on to my age fighting team;

Tangerine Lilly has actually been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway, for one lucky Canadian reader to receive their serum and you can enter below for your chance to win.
Please check out my video for the full review and be nice! I’m new to video reviews and know that I have plenty of work to do but I’ll improve- promise. If you like the products, I would truly appreciate you using the above affiliate links to purchase them. It helps support my blog!

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Springtime Self Tanner

I’m probably about as pasty as they come- you know you’ve got serious pale girl problems when the lightest shade of foundation is too dark, okay? I’m not even an “ivory”, I’m more a “corpse white” but, sadly, vampires don’t have a make up line so I’m left to literally mix white Halloween make up with a foundation so my face matches the rest of my body when I go out. I do, however, tan a fantastic shade of brown and was lucky enough to pass this on to each of my seasonally pasty children.

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Not a bad colour for someone who’s normally as white as a ghost.

This is hard work, however, and I’m a mother of four now- if I had time to tan, I would use it to catch up on the Mountains of Madness aka my light and dark laundry pile. I’ll either walk around looking gaunt or I’ve got to go with a self tanner. I would much rather use a sunless tanning method, as I’m not capable of investing hours in the sun to tan naturally and I don’t want to use tanning beds, but I don’t like slathering my entire body in a chemical soup in order to not look like my brand of sunblock is called roof.
Luckily, I was sent a bottle of Thermalabs organic self tanner free for review and discovered that not all sunless tanning products on the market are made up of complete garbage. I will note, however, that “parfum” is included on the label and that is the last thing that I want to see included when I’m buying something for the organic attributes. I would rather it had no scent, or even a somewhat unpleasant one, than include synthetic ones and I was disappointed to see that.
I’ve used a few different sunless tanning options and I’ve ended up every colour from orange to Obama- I can honestly say that Thermalabs was one of the best self tanners and I’ve taken a billion photos to try to get a decent shot. I can’t really capture the bronzed brown of my hand now but, just note, this colour is more brown in person than gold or orange;

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Clearly, there’s a massive difference and I intentionally did only the top of one of my hands because this was the easiest way to show a before and after for you. That was two thin coats and, looking back, one would have sufficed but I worried that I had washed some of it off so I applied a second. I’m going to have to do my whole body now, which the bottle will cover without issue, and I’m going to be darker than I have in years. We’ll have to see how this goes.

All in all, Thermalabs provides a product that contains more natural ingredients than any other on the market, it’s safe for all skin types and the application was not streaky or difficult in any way. If you’re someone who invests in these types of products on a regular basis, I would definitely recommend checking this one out. I like the shimmer of the brown, as it looks more sun-kissed than Kardashian-kissed and doesn’t go overboard with bronzers. The tanner dries fairly quickly, smells less offensive than any other tanner that I have used in the past, and they sell it with a money back guarantee. I have no complaints, with the exception of the “parfum” addition, and I will leave you with these words of advice; If you can’t tone it, tan it.

Anthro Desk- My Comfy Desk

Hey all! This is what I look like at this exact moment;


standing desk, anthrodesk, adjustable laptop deskPardon my messy, post-workout look but I had to write this while resting and it came in very handy that I have the anthro desk to use while I do it.

I have a hard time resting a laptop on my body and just lounging, as I have a back injury and my complete right side is always sore (especially after a work out or during the winter) so I try to keep my posture perfect and my seating comfortable whenever possible. As a result, I have to work at a desk most of the time and it’s a pain that I’m not able to write while also enjoying my family’s company. I was recently sent this handy package from Anthrodesk, in exchange for an honest review, and that has rectified this problem for me.  It’s a portable, economic substitute for a standing desk that I can take absolutely anywhere. What I really like about it is that it folds completely down, to barely bigger than a book (it’s only 4lbs) and I can tuck it neatly away when not in use. In my small space, that’s ideal and far more convenient than a permanent piece of furniture.
Here are some of the positions that can be achieved with the anthro desk;

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I did find that the massive variety of possibilities, although great, was a bit of a pain for me where set up is concerned. It’s incredibly easy to use, however, and the angles are achieved with the click of a button instead of having to unscrew and tighten anything. I use it primarily for blogging but my son has stolen it a couple of times to read while laying on the floor. This way his book or tablet is propped up and he can have a snack after school, busying his hands with that instead of having to hold onto his reading material.

I have abandoned my clunky desk for the time being, as I love being able to work in whatever position is comfortable and necessary within the space that I have- If you think you might as well, you can find the anthro desk on Amazon.com OR .ca (they ship to Canada!) and scoop one for yourself.

 

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Garcinia Cambogia with green coffee bean.

As some readers may know, I have written a garcinia cambogia review previously, found here, and did not have the best luck with the product.

I was recently sent a bottle of GloryFeel’s brand free to review, which I have used my affiliate link to connect you to further down in this post, and decided that it couldn’t hurt to add the weight loss supplement to my daily regiment. I figured it would be much the same as last time but accepted the opportunity anyway, as there’s no risk to trying these- they’re natural, GMO-free and don’t include any fillers, cholesterol, fat, dairy, sugar, gluten, soy, wheat, peanuts or shellfish. I’m not worried about any of those ingredients but the GMO-free, U.S. made, FDA inspected qualities of the GloryFeel brand are a definite plus for me. Often times, I worry about things coming from overseas where I have no real idea of the authenticity of the ingredients, how things are regulated and how safe the product itself would be.

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With my mind at ease, I have been taking the supplement for just over a week now and it has added green coffee bean extract, potassium and black pepper (the last two are said to be for absorption). Now, I’m sure you’ve probably seen the online buzz surrounding garcinia cambogia but I was more intrigued by the green coffee bean, which is a controversial, widely used ingredient that’s been marketed as a weight loss supplement since the early 2000s. Dr. Oz, of whom I am not the biggest fan, supports this even under FTC scrutiny and reportedly gives this to his family members. Green coffee bean has also been a Health Ingredients Europe conference award winner for Best Ingredient and there are no known side effects relating to its usage. That’s enough to perk my interest!
I started the Isagenix program a week before adding the garcinia cambogia supplement and have been drinking plenty of water but, otherwise, have not changed my lifestyle and exercise routine whatsoever. It has been only dietary additions, yet I do still enjoy a glass of wine or a snack when I want one. Regardless, I have noticed dramatic results; In less than two weeks I am down 9 1/2lbs! I’m thrilled.

I lost 3.2lbs in the first week and the rest of it came off during the second, with the addition of the garcinia cambogia. I didn’t think to measure my waist line because I had not considered that there may be a noticeable change so quickly but my tummy is smaller and my upper thighs are definitely shrinking as well!
I do think Isagenix played a role but GloryFeel’s Carcinia Green Coffee has helped make the journey so much easier for me and I am getting faster results than what can be expected on average with the program. I am a big eater, especially for a lady of my size/stature, and struggle with having only a shake for a meal as part of the plan. I’ve found that the supplement, as noted with previous use, helps suppress my appetite a great deal. I don’t feel hungry and, therefore, don’t have slip ups and “cheat” like I was doing before I started taking the pills on a daily basis. My husband has also noted that I haven’t been “hangry” (his term for being hungry and angry about it, which has happened to me since I was a little girl) at all since starting.

I can genuinely say that this product is working for me, keeping me energized and feeling full. My weight is down, my mood is great and I’m beyond excited about being able to drop almost 10lbs in two weeks. I’ve been struggling to do that for a year now. Clearly, this was far more effective than other brands that I have tried.

Sadly, they do not ship to Canada on a regular basis so my readers from the States are the only ones able to take advantage of this handy weight loss pill for the time being.

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Probiotics- SUPERFOOD!

I am so excited about this review, as this is a product that I am truly in love with, interested in and I know I will continue to use it on a daily basis.
We all heard about the benefits of probiotics, right? Or at least you know they’re good for you- but do you know how good for you they actually are? Miessence InLiven Probiotic Superfood, which I was provided at no cost in exchange for an honest review, is genuinely one of the best products that you can get on the market if upping the intake is your goal. You can’t really know exactly what you’re getting within a serving of food so go with a straight source. Forget Jamie Lee Curtis and her yogurt/poop talks!

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Probiotics are healthy bacteria and yeasts that assist with digestive health, as well as slew of other bodily issues and functions, as that silver fox on TV told us. There are various types that are better than others for specific problems, although Miessence InLiven Probiotic Superfood actually covers all 13 strains of the Lactobacillus family, is certified organic and the bacteria used is produced from fruits and vegetables. Did you know that some suppliers fast-track this step in fecal matter? So, Jamie Lee, maybe we ought to have a poop talk after all.

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This is also safe for babies and you can give 1/4 teaspoon to children, typically started around the age of two but my youngest is a year and a half and she started on hers this past couple of weeks. It assists with creating good gut flora, which ups your immune system, so I figured it was practical to start giving her probiotics with all of the ridiculous measles hype running rampant. Grown men at my husband’s workplace are running in to receive the live attenuated virus vaccines and, although I’m not worried about the virus, Chicky is a bit young to have it just now. In order to give their little immune systems an added boost, I have started mixing probiotics in with a small amount of fresh squeezed orange juice. This is a treat for my children so we have no problem getting either of the girls to take them. I am also happy to report that we are very rarely sick in this household and I attribute that, in part, to our regular use of probiotics.

It’s fantastic for babies or if you’re having a baby as well, due to the fact that researchers have found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30% reduction in the instance of giving birth to a child who would suffer from eczema, an early warning sign for allergies. More on that can be read here.

If you’re attempting to lose weight, Stanford University came out with a study that suggests one benefit of probiotics is that they’re responsible for assisting in lowering waist circumference in postpartum women. The study was reported by the Huffington Post, here. You can’t see this but that point itself is causing me to happy dance as I type.

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As you can see by the consistency, it’s fairly easy to mix in with any food or liquid. I take mine with my morning shake or any beverage throughout the day. I take 3tsp daily and, although it doesn’t look lovely- it is a bacteria, after all- I truly can’t taste anything when I take them.

Basically- probiotics are good for your immune system, digestive system, urinary health, women’s health, it’s great if you’re pregnant, not pregnant or maybe you just look a wee bit pregnant (like me). These healthy, little bacteria truly put the “super” in Miessence InLiven Probiotic Superfood and I suggest you get some. You can check out the business page by following the link in the top of this post, the Miessence Facebook page can be found hereor you can follow them on Pinterest here, if you would like.

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Sunscreen- For Skiing or Swimming

It’s winter time now and, when I say “winter time”, I mean that you can’t see the ground where I live. Ever. For around 3 months straight. During these months, product reviews give me something to pass my time while cooped up- this one came as a result of a free product and it may contain affiliate links.

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I live in Canada so it’s snowing like a mofo outside but I at least get to bust out all kinds of boots. Short ones, high ones and super clunky crappola footwear for when the snow has reached a FML depth that vertically challenged individuals, like myself, have trouble slugging through.

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I don’t often don the big, proper winter boots because I choose to boycott the season by passionately displaying displeasure through coffee drinking and blanketed couch snuggling.

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That being said, once in a while I’m required to leave my cave home in order to attend pre-planned appointments, such as the recent eye test that I went to. Thankfully, my eye sight is fine (which I expected) but I found out that I have very little pigment left in the back of my eye. This explains why they’re already becoming lighter before I have even hit 30. I used to have deep blue eyes, which changed to a lighter blue in my younger years, then blue-green in my teens and they have turned a pale, light green this past six months. I figured it was genetic, as my grandmother’s, mother’s and uncles’ eyes have lightened up in their latter years but it turns out that we may all be losing pigment sooner than an average person. The solution? Protect what little pigment I have left by way of polarized, super sexy Versace sunglasses through my insurance company! Woot woot! I have to wear them every single time I’m in the sunlight because the sun is pigment’s enemy.
As a super pale person of British heritage, it’s not like the sun and I were great buddies to begin with.

Year round, I like to protect my skin from its rays and to make sure my wee ones have similar protection while outside. Sunscreen is necessary year round, even though it’s not commonly thought of during this chilly season. Did you know that the sun is actually closer to the earth during the winter while, at the same time, the ozone layer is actually at its thinnest? It’s true! The National Science Foundation Polar Programs UV Monitoring Network will tell you as much- so we’re actually at an increased risk for UV exposure, especially if you’re a winter sports enthusiast. According to skincancer.org, anyone hitting the slopes may want to remember; “Higher altitude means increased risk of sun-induced skin damage, since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage.”

When heading out skiing or beaching, the above pictured is a new favourite for our skincare. The Sun ‘N’ Fun description reads that this;

  • Chemical free, non toxic, not greasy, no white cast, EWG Rating 1.
  • Natural with Organic ingredients, Zinc 20%
  • Contains fresh and inviting (natural) scent of marshmallow & chocolate, that kids love
  • Can be used by kids and adults alike
  • moisturizing with antioxidants

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The 1 rating means that this sunscreen has the lowest hazard rating possible, and when 75% of sunscreens and 90% of SPF moisturizers tested in the Environmental Working Group’s “2013 Guide to Safer Sunscreens” were found unsafe or ineffective, that’s a major plus. We typically use my homemade sunscreen for that reason but this one does appear to contain a fairly comprehensive ingredient list. It also includes the antioxidant tocopherol (from soy), which enhances sun damage protection.

When they say that it smells of marshmallow and chocolate, it smells EXACTLY like that and Peanut loved it. My husband loathes sunscreen and hates wearing it but he readily agreed to wear this one whenever asked as a result of the scent. He said, “I would be a walking dessert” and then many suggestive comments, full of innuendo followed. Men. Heh.

However, it is pretty chilly and curling up with him sounds fairly fantastic right about now so I will leave you to contemplate lying on a beach while I go and cuddle up in our bed. ‘Til next time.

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Perfect Threads Online Clothing Shop

One of the best online clothing stores that I have come across has been Perfect Threads, the company that sponsored this review.  As a mother, it’s not always easy for me to get out in the dead of winter, shopping for myself or the kids with all of them in tow. Sometimes, in order to avoid a fiasco in a store, I prefer to shop from the comfort of my home. It’s not always affordable to do, however, and that’s where second-hand clothing stores like Perfect Threads come in.

Here, you can find a wide variety of used clothing online, including kids clothes, bargain clothing lots and women’s fashion. They’re close (to me), they’re affordable and they support area communities with fund-raising drives within the GTA. Anyone who wishes to start a drive with Perfect Threads is able to contact their offices via e-mail at info@PerfectThreads.ca and let them know your cause, your deadline and the amount of money that you’re hoping to raise. They will create a custom campaign for you, coordinating plans in order to help you reach your charitable goals. They work with area schools, religious groups, sports teams and other social programs, then arrange to pick up their donations and pay you based upon weight obtained. This, on its own, greatly encouraged me to stick by the company but take a look at some of the items that I obtained for less than $25 in TOTAL;

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This great coat was one of my finds and it came with the plastic attachment for tags still attached. I was shocked by the like-new quality of the item, looking as though it was never previously worn, and I’ve got to say I completely love it. I took it out in bitter cold (I’m from Canada, that to us is -15 kind of weather) and it stood up well. I like the versatility  of the collar because, like any girl knows, sometimes you just  have to hide a cold nose from a winter wind;

That feature was great, not to mention the belted waist and all of the pockets! For $10, I made the smartest buy of the year.

When doing some online shopping for clothing, you can never really tell whether or not the items are going to arrive true to size but, using a Canadian retailer, I knew that the outfits I ordered for my girls would fit them. As you can see, they look adorable and just loved their dresses. Pardon the one photo, it was taken during a family get-together that Peanut really wanted to sport her Elmo dress for so I took the opportunity to shoot it then.

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The middle picture above is the detailing from the sweater that I ordered from Perfect Threads. Sadly, my bust size made the shirt itself slightly short but I absolutely love the uniqueness of the piece. This picture doesn’t even do the beaded flowers justice and one of my favourite things about going thrift shopping is that these types of stores have the neatest clothing.

Service from Perfect Threads comes with guarantees that most online retailers don’t, or even local shops that sell used clothing and I learned very quickly how much customer service can matter. I initially ordered a few different shirts from the store, choosing mediums, and was accidentally sent smalls. I let the company know of the dilemma, expecting the standard response of “You can ship it back to us and we’ll exchange it, then reimburse you” or something along those lines, which is always a huge pain in the butt. As soon as I got the email back, I was shocked to discover that I was quickly provided with a store credit to rectify the situation and asked to donate the other items to a local charity shop. No fuss, fast service and great communication!

If you want to check out the store for yourself, please visit their Facebook page here and their website here. If you happen to place an order, I would truly appreciate you adding alysia@mydomesticdish.com to the comments box because referrals generate a store credit and you get a $10 credit for doing so! Be sure you pass on the word to friends and have them use your email address if they opt to make a purchase. This only counts for new customers, of course. Any order over $50 qualifies for free shipping- and that includes Canada! As a Canuck, I was overjoyed at this because most of the free shipping promises are for United States residence only but theirs applies to both countries. Bonus.
Happy shopping!